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5 Best Houseplants to Get After Rehab

In Alcohol Rehab May 10th, 2022 No Comments

There is a common rule of thumb repeated in rehabs around the world. After leaving rehab, get a houseplant. Once you have kept that alive for a year, get a pet. Only a year after that should you start dating? You don’t need to take this advice too seriously – suffice it to say that…


3 Reasons to Choose a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center

In mental health March 31st, 2022 No Comments

In your search for the best drug and alcohol rehab, you will hear about dual diagnosis treatment centers. Many rehabs now tout their dual diagnosis approach, promising the best possible chance of a successful recovery. The dual diagnosis approach refers to the concept that addiction rarely occurs in isolation. There are common co-occurring disorders that…


3 Steps to Prepare for Traveling as a Recovering Addict

In Drug Addiction Recovery March 24th, 2022 No Comments

The first few months after I left rehab went really well. During rehab, I had repeatedly expressed my anxiety that I would immediately relapse after being discharged. My therapist helped me create a plan for how to implement everything I had learned on a day-to-day basis. Together, we created a schedule to structure my chaotic…


3 Common Co-Occurring Disorders with Addiction

In Alcohol Addiction February 24th, 2022 No Comments

One of the most significant ways in which addiction treatment has improved came from the recognition that addiction rarely occurs in isolation. Rather, there is often one or more co-occurring disorder with addiction. This is a mental illness that may have caused the addiction or may have been caused by the addiction. To be fair,…


Who Should Go To An Outpatient Treatment Center For Addiction?

In Treatment Programs January 24th, 2022 No Comments

While a stay at rehab is generally considered the best course of treatment for addiction, many people choose outpatient treatment centers. In outpatient treatment, you go through a similar treatment process, but it is usually limited to three days a week and you do not stay in the center overnight. Instead, you sleep at home…


Thoughtful Holiday Gifts for Someone in Rehab

In Alcohol Rehab December 16th, 2021 No Comments

Most people would rather not spend the festive season in drug and alcohol rehab. This time is meant to bring people together, and being isolated from your family and friends in December is tough. However, there are a lot of pros to spending this period in rehab, and recovering addicts who do so tend to…


5 Hobbies to Get Into After Leaving Rehab

In Drug Addiction Recovery December 2nd, 2021 No Comments

There is a common saying in rehab that “an idle mind is the devil’s playground.” We all know how boredom can lead us to make mistakes we would otherwise have avoided. Sometimes, relapse happens because of nothing more complex than having too much free time. When you leave rehab, it is therefore a good idea…


Can You Go To Parties After Leaving Rehab?

In Drug Addiction Recovery October 25th, 2021 No Comments

In rehab, recovering addicts need to grapple not only with the life they have left, but the life they will return to. For most residents of rehab, everything from family to social situations to work is tangled up with addiction. Family relationships and a healthy work balance are components that addicts learn to improve in…


3 Creative Activities Anyone Can Do For Free

In mental health September 22nd, 2021 No Comments

Engaging in creative activities is an excellent form of self-soothing for many recovering addicts. It is something they do entirely for themselves, connecting with the world through a medium that excites them. However, for those people who do not see themselves as creative, this method of distress tolerance can seem out of reach. The thing…


Dealing With Survivor’s Guilt After Rehab

In mental health August 24th, 2021 No Comments

Survivor’s guilt is most often spoken of in the wake of the death of a loved one. However, it can be a significant challenge for people leaving drug and alcohol rehab centers. Let’s take a look at why recovering addicts experience survivor’s guilt and what you can do about it. Contrary to popular belief, time…

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